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707 S UNIVERSITY AVE \ BEAVER DAM WI 53916 \ 920-887-4334

Advanced Breast Health Services — Locally

Beaver Dam Community Hospital provides complete breast cancer screening, diagnosis, and treatment services in our state-of-the-art imaging center. BDCH is dedicated to providing advanced clinical care and state-of-the-art technology locally.

BDCH has taken several steps to assure women in our community have access to premier expertise and the most advanced technology in breast health services.

Mammography is available at BDCH Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Screening mammograms are also sometimes available on Saturdays from 8 to 11:30 a.m.

Schedule your annual mammogram today.

Call the BDCH Breast Health Team at 920-887-4006.

Don't miss a thing, Schedule your annual mammogram today.

Tomosynthesis (3D Mammography)

BDCH was the first in Dodge County to offer Tomosynthesis, the latest in breast health diagnostics.  

  • Provides clearer images
  • 3D imaging reduces tissue overlap and the masking effect of tissue density, increasing cancer detection rates and decreasing false positives
  • Improves accuracy in pinpointing size, shape and location of abnormalities
  • Helps detect cancers at earlier stages, resulting in higher survival rates
  • Reduces number of false positives and unnecessary callbacks
  • Improved likelihood of detecting multiple breast tumors, which occur in 15 percent of breast cancer patients

Digital Mammography

BDCH was the first hospital in the region to offer Digital Mammography for immediate image availability and greater patient comfort. Digital Mammography uses computers and specially designed digital detectors to produce an image that can be displayed on a high-resolution computer monitor in a matter of seconds.

  • Digital Mammography offers many benefits:
  • Improved image quality, especially for dense breast tissue
  • Quicker results and reduced exam time for patients
  • Physician manipulation of images for higher contrast and close up views
  • Reduced need for retakes due to over or under exposure of film
  • Images can be easily stored and transmitted in a streamlined manner

Mammotome® Breast Biopsy System

BDCH was also proud to provide the region's first Mammotome® Biopsy System for minimally invasive biopsy, with reduced scarring and often no need for stitches.

Using the Mammotome® Biopsy System, doctors can more accurately diagnose breast abnormalities without the need for open surgery.

Once an abnormality is found, a Mammotome® probe is inserted through a small, ¼-inch incision and the abnormal tissue is gently collected. This can be done in under an hour in an outpatient setting under local anesthesia with minimal pain, scarring and recovery time.

This also offers women the option of having non-cancerous breast lumps such as fibroadenomas removed without facing open surgery.

Stereotactic Breast Biopsy System

The BDCH Breast Health Program recently acquired the Stereotactic Breast Biopsy system, completing its comprehensive continuum of breast health services, which include digital mammography and the Mammotome® Breast Biopsy System. Stereotactic breast biopsy is designed to minimize patient discomfort and maximize accuracy.

Three female employees of the Beaver Dam Community Hospital breast health program

Experienced and Specially Trained Professionals

Experienced Mammography Radiologists

BDCH’s collaboration with Milwaukee Radiologists provides immediate access to breast radiologists who specialize in breast cancer diagnosis, eliminating unnecessary callbacks and improving detection rates.

 

Specially Trained Breast Health/Oncology Nurse Navigators

Beaver Dam Community Hospital's Advanced Clinical Team of specially trained Breast Health Nurses use their experience to create a personalized plan for every one of their patients and offer the highest level of clinical follow-up, treatment and support.

 

Skilled Surgeons and Specialists

Our experienced, board-certified surgeons work as part of a multi-disciplinary team, including oncologists, radiologists, pathologists and breast health nurses to diagnose and treat many breast cancers. They are skilled in the most up-to-date techniques and are experienced in using the best procedure for each patient, keeping your health and safety their top priority.

Series of pink flags at Beaver Dam Community Hospital representing breast cancer awareness

SUPPORT SERVICES

Case Management

BDCH Social Services are available to assist patients and their families with psychosocial issues of cancer – its impact on family and adjustment to diagnosis and treatment. They also deal with financial concerns, such as drug assistance and disability.

 

Wig Resource Center

In a private setting, patients may try on wigs, hats, turbans and scarves. The items can be taken home the same day, free of charge.

 

Educational Resources

The BDCH Oncology Department offers a wide variety of educational materials on cancer and other disease types and treatments.

 

Prosthesis Program

The BDCH breast health educators have completed certified mastectomy fitter training and will fit patients with prosthesis and bras in a personal and professional manner.

 

Rehabilitation Services

Certified lymphedema therapists provide early education for risk reduction and/or management of tissue swelling following surgery or other treatments.

MEET OUR BREAST HEALTH TEAM

 

David L. Hei

MD

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Deidre Rippl

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Mark Wenzel

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Paul Palmer

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Saurabh Rajguru

MD

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